With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, 12 Jefferson Citians participated in the first local Power Hour Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Missouri on Wednesday afternoon.
Plungers met from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the corner of High and Madison streets to get soaked under a hazmat shower — a subtle but unique way to host the event, differing from traditional pool or lake plunges other cities have held.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin and Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler co-chaired the event.
"We may be cold, but it's worth it to raise the money for the Special Olympics athletes because they learn so much about sportsmanship and friendship when they compete in their games," Tergin told the crowd that gathered to watch the plungers Wednesday.
Thirteen plunges occurred across the state in support of SOMO programs and athletes.
SOMO plunge manager Kami Delameter said this is a great way to kick off the 2018 campaign season.
"We raised over $7,000 here in Jefferson City," Delameter said. "We're planning to do it again next year thanks to this type of response."
Each individual plunger was asked to raise $500 to participate in the event. Andy Fechtel was the top fundraiser with $2,200.
All funds will stay local, supporting athletes who participate in SOMO athletics year-round, Tergin said.